Hawaii’s island of Oahu is one of the most stunning escapes in the country. Despite the high cost of living in America’s Polynesian islands, for many, the state’s natural beauty and tropical state of mind more than make up for such monetary demands.
Mercatus senior research fellow Salim Furth recently dug into the data on housing supply in the Hawaiian island of Oahu, the third largest and most populated of the chain, from 2012 to 2018. The data can be viewed on Chart 1 below, and is also available as a dynamic map on Datawrapper.
At first blush, the data may look rather encouraging. A few areas did shrink in terms of housing stock, but a good number of them did grow, and many areas saw little change either way. Right away, it should be noted that most Oahuans live in the small census
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